End of Life Care Facilitator

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The post will be part of the integrated Specialist Palliative Care Nursing team working closely with the Specialist palliative care nurses and the Hospice at Home team. The specialist nurses work closely with acute wards and departments, GP practices, Care homes and the multidisciplinary teams. The post holder will work collaboratively with Macmillan.

This post will be a valued addition to the Education team working alongside the Lead end of life facilitator and further part time end of life facilitator.

As a Band 7 End of Life Care Facilitator there will be managerial and leadership responsibilities particularly to Band 6, junior staff and students.

There is an expectation that the post holder will support the Lead End Of Life facilitator in the strategic planning of education and training to a variety of stakeholders.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for ensuring that agreed professionals standards are reflected in clinical practice.
  • Be involved in changes in clinical practice, delivering the strategic vision.
  • Support and coordinate the delivery of education and development of End of Life Care through the use of effective evidence based practice in line with agreed national standards for patient safety and clinical practice.
  • Provide clinical leadership to nurses and other healthcare professionals across the Trust.
  • To embed innovative patient centred service within education utilising advanced skills and knowledge in palliative and end of life care.
  • To apply standard principles of infection control to all activities at all times.
  • Be a source of expert knowledge and expertise in palliative and end of life care to multiple stakeholders including patients, their families and carers.
  • To take the part in the co-ordination and delivery of the agreed education program for palliative and end of life care across community, acute and care home settings.
  • Work clinically in line with service demands offering specialist palliative care nurse assessment to patient in community and acute setting. Offer advice and guidance to wider professional groups.

About us

Based in the North East of England we provide a range of hospital and community health services from our leading facilities, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blaydon urgent care centre and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead.

Established in 2005, we were one of the first foundation trusts in the country and since then have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for patients.

We now employ around 4,800 staff and currently provide 444 hospital beds across the Gateshead region.

Our values should be the 'golden thread' which runs through everything we do - they are the core of who we are. Our five values can easily be remembered by the simple acronymICORE Innovation, Care, Openness, Respect, Engagement.

We have a number of staff networks including the BAME network, D-Ability network, LGBTQ+ Network and the Women's Network, to challenge us and help us to constantly improve. Our armed forces network is one of our emerging networks.

The health and wellbeing of our staff is one of our highest priorities, and we offer a range of support and initiatives as part of our 'Balance' programme balancegateshead.com to cater for our diverse workforce, so that your individual needs can be supported, allowing you a happy and healthy working experience with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of clinical services using advanced clinical skills and knowledge for patients requiring palliative and end of life care.
  • Provide education and training for nursing and allied health professionals including health promotion across acute, community and care home setting.
  • To further develop knowledge and skills specific to the different settings through undertaking regular audit, research and development activities.
  • A key part of the role will be cross agency liaison, training, research and development, and being a clinical resource for the local Health Community.
  • Offer clinical support for a defined complex caseload with accountability for the health outcomes for the individuals within their care if demands on clinical service require
  • To ensure safe systems and processes are in place to support multidisciplinary team working
  • To ensure all professional standards and codes of conduct are adhered to.
  • Support the development of clinical expertise and advanced practice within the team to support the right person, right place right time agenda
  • Be responsible for, provide and monitor the standard of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care ensuring the quality of care provided is of a high standard.
  • Work as an autonomous practitioner, clinically, professionally and practically with a expert knowledge in palliative and end of life care
  • Continually develop own clinical expertise, knowledge and clinical skills to enhance effective care and support. Ensure this expertise is shared with other clinical staff.
  • Champion the development of leadership competencies within the team
  • To ensure continuity and co-ordination of care across the health and social care community
  • To support development of protocols relating to advanced practice and work in an extended clinical role specifically for palliative and end of life care.
  • Facilitates the development of self-awareness of self and others in the team through reflection, and clinical supervision
  • Through effective role modelling develop positive behaviour, encourage an open and non-threatening environment that
    • Rewards decision making and creativity
    • Facilitates change and the implementation of new ideas
    • Promotes staff retention
    • Empowers employees
    • Encourages the reporting of patient safety incidents and uses reflection to learn from as a result
    • Identifies risk and develops mitigation to minimise it

Person Specification



  • RGN (adult)
  • Relevant Degree Diploma in Palliative Care /or equivalent academic qualification
  • Teaching Qualification ENB998/ or equivalent experience
  • experience as a clinical nurse specialist


  • MSc/MA in Health related topic
  • Counselling qualification
  • Independent nurse prescribing
  • Sage & Thyme facilitator
  • Advanced Clinical Skills
  • Experience as a palliative care nurse specialist



  • 10 years post registration experience


  • Previous experience of delivering teaching session

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth avenue



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